Yet another new Lord Chancellor

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January 11, 2018 1 comment

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Who? Yes, that was my reaction, and probably also the reaction of most, to the news on Monday that David Gauke MP has been appointed the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, replacing David Lidington MP. Mr Gauke is the sixth Lord Chancellor in six years and, remarkably, the fourth since May…

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The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years

January 10, 2018 1 comment

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Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new Lord Chancellor, just six months after Aylesbury MP David Lidington was given the role. The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years is David Gauke, who has been Conservative MP for South West Hertfordshire since 2005. As a solicitor, he is the first legally qualified Lord Chancellor since…

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Seven new family law QCs appointed

December 23, 2017 3 comments

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The government has announced the appointment of seven new family law QCs. QCs, or Queen’s Counsels, are senior lawyers with different legal specialities. Most are practising barristers. They can apply for this prestigious title after acquiring significant expertise and a solid reputation. Appointment – by a nine-member selection panel – confers the right to wear…

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A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

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In a (probably futile) attempt to make the traditional annual review of the year a little bit different, this year I am concentrating not so much on the big family law news stories, but rather the stories that I found of particular interest. Hopefully, this might make the review a little more interesting to the…

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Law Commission to examine surrogacy law

December 18, 2017 1 comment

The Law Commission is to examine the current law on surrogacy in England and Wales. The Commission was established in 1965 to keep English law under ongoing review and to recommend reform where necessary. It undertakes regular ‘programmes of law reform’ in which the commissioners consult on which areas to examine next, and then submit…

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Senior judiciary urge divorce law reform

November 17, 2017 2 comments

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Senior judicial figures have called for major reforms to the family law system. The legal grandees include former Family Division President Baroness Butler-Sloss, retired High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, and legal academic Baroness Deech. Sir Paul is the founder of campaign group the Marriage Foundation. He said: “We must urgently do something about the…

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New Lord Chancellor pledges protection of the rule of law

June 21, 2017 4 comments

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Newly appointed Lord Chancellor David Lidington highlighted the vital role played by judges and the legal system at his inauguration ceremony this week. The Tory MP for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire said judges deserved praise for their “dedication, personal integrity and commitment” as he was sworn into office at the Royal Courts of Justice in central…

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A timely message from Lord Thomas

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June 19, 2017 9 comments

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Like, I suspect, most lawyers, I was very pleased to read what the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas had to say last week about the relationship between the courts and the State. For those who missed it, Lord Thomas, giving the Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture in the Palace of Westminster, pointed out (amongst many other…

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